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Jessica M.: Mother of Linear Morphea Patient

He informed me that we should see a pediatric dermatologist.

Koalas for Payton by Sherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist My daughter Payton is nine years old, and she has been sick since she was a baby with asthma and eczema.

About eight months ago my daughter developed a dark circle on her leg. It looked like a deep bruise, but we let it go. It never went away so I took her to our family doctor and he referred me to a local dermatologist. He biopsied the area and it came back as morphea. He informed me that we should see a pediatric dermatologist; the nearest one was in Houston, Texas.

The pediatric dermatologist diagnosed it as linear morphea. The treatment she is going with is IV therapy of corticosteroids for three months, three consecutive days, methotrexate, and dovanex ointment for the leg.

I need input on these drugs. The methotrexate is very harsh. Has anyone had this drug? What is the outcome of linear morphea? Is there a cure? Will it come back or leave for good? This is all very new to me so please email me.

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Story edited 12-17-05 JTD
Story posted 01-11-06 SLE

ISN Senior Artist: Sherrill Knaggs
Story Editor: Judith Devlin
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ISN Artist: Sherrill Knaggs (In Loving Memory)

Sherrill KnaggsSherrill Knaggs, ISN Artist, created the digital photo to illustrate the story on this page. Sherrill lived in New Zealand. Her story was featured in ISN's book, Voices of Scleroderma Volume 2.

ISN Story Editor: Judith Thompson Devlin

Photo of JudithJudith Thompson Devlin is the ISN Story Editor for this story. She is also lead editor of the ISN's wonderful Voices of Scleroderma book series!

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